November 10, 2021

Scientist: New Biography of E.O. Wilson by Richard Rhodes Now Available in Bookshelves Near You

E.O. Wilson: a Life in Nature is out now. And as was expected, it quickly climbed up the bestseller list for biographies on Amazon. This highly anticipated new book by the historian Richard Rhodes offers an updated narrative of Wilson's life and career in science. Wilson wrote an autobiography but this was way back in 1994. That's 27 years ago; nearly three full decades. It's about time fans of the man's work get an update of what he'd been up to since 1994.

E.O. Wilson: a Life in Science fills that void. This is a complete and detailed biography that will further boost the legacy of Wilson. Because this is an authorized biography, Rhodes had access to Wilson himself, his associates and his mountains of papers and documents. This book is most definitely a must-have for fans of Wilson's writings.

You can read excerpts from the book on Amazon. I suggest you do that to get a feel of the book. I'll tell you right now that Rhodes has a very straightforward and clear writing style. He has written a heap of books, I've read a few of them, and I'll say that he has one of the clearest writing styles I've ever come across. That's why reading his history books is always a breeze.

For example, here's the first few sentences of the book's first chapter:

"Finally, Ed Wilson was on his way, twenty-five years old, tall and lanky, the upper range of his hearing gone since his teens, his right eye ruined in a childhood accident: half deaf and half blind. Outwardly, he was a polite, soft-spoken product of Gulf Coast Alabama, the first in his family to graduate from college. But behind the well-mannered finish he was as tough as nails, as bright as the evening star, and no man's fool. He would become one of the half-dozen greatest biologists of the twentieth century."

That right there is great and clear writing.

Wilson is 92 years old. It's about time that a new biography about him is published. Richard Rhodes has done an excellent job. This new biography is respectful despite the handful of controversies that have hounded Wilson over the course of his career as a famous scientist and writer. As a reviewer on Booklist writes, Rhodes "illuminates Wilson’s insights into biodiversity, biophilia, altruism, and the nature of science".